Today PeacePlayers-International Development and Communications Intern Ruth Logan writes on the 2015 World Series and 2015 TCS New York City Marathon.
This past weekend was a strong time for sports in New York City. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Citi Field hosted games three through five of the 2015 World Series. On Sunday was the TCS New York City Marathon, consisting of 50,229 starting runners.
This weekend was filled emotion between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. It was a long, difficult World Series, but the Royals fought for it and won it. In game five on Sunday night, it was almost certain that the Mets would win 2-0 and go to game six in Kansas City. Then, at the top of the ninth inning, the Royals scored two runs, pushing the game into extra innings. At the top of the twelfth, the Royals cemented the game with five runs by Jarrod Dyson, Christian Colon, Paulo Orlando, Alcides Escobar, and Ben Zobrist. The Mets did not get any runs at the bottom of the twelfth, crowning the Kansas City Royals as 2015 World Series Champions.
Across the five boroughs on Sunday, thousands of runners competed in the TCS New York City Marathon. Mary Keitany of Kenya won the women’s race, making her the first woman since 2008 to have back-to-back victories. With a time of 2:24:25, she managed to hold the first place, to reach the finish line 67 seconds ahead of Aselefech Mergia and Tigist Tufa, both of Ethiopia. For the men, Stanley Biwott of Kenya won the race with a time of 2:10:34. Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya and Lelisa Desisa finished second and third consecutively.
In New York City this weekend, runners and baseball players alike worked their hardest. They pushed through the hard times with loud, cheering crowds alongside them. The successes and fails of the athletic achievements show the power of resilience. This resilience is identical to that shown by PeacePlayers International participants in Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine, and South Africa as they overcome conflict and division to play basketball together. Congratulations to all athletes on a successful weekend!